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Merlot

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture ...

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An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot can be made into a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the best wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol where it is blended with Cabernet Franc. On the Left Bank in the Medoc, it plays a supporting role to Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly from California’s Napa Valley.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

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    Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Chile
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    Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2006
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    Hogue Genesis Merlot 2006
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    Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2006
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    Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2006
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    Novelty Hill Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2006
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    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
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    Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2006
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    Pedestal Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2006
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, Australia
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    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2006
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    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Selene Frediani Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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    Petrolo Galatrona (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
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    Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2006
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    Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
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    Robert Foley Vineyards Merlot 2006
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    L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
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